$75K Grant Opportunity for Small Business Technology Developers

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) will award up to 10 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants of $75,000 each to small businesses seeking to develop innovative products, processes or services that will benefit people with disabilities. Final applications are due April 25, 2016.

One of NIDILRR’s top priorities this year is for technology ideas that would enhance employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Specifically, NIDILRR is looking for applications that focus on improving the accessibility of the processes involved in “reading, understanding, accessing, and completing” online job applications and pre-employment test.

These SBIR Phase I grants are for “proof of concept” projects, with a project timeline of six months. The purpose of the program is to help small businesses test concepts and collect empirical evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of the technology they are proposing. After successful completion of the Phase I stage, businesses can compete for Phase II awards of up to $575,000 which can last up to 24 months.

Interested applicants should download the full informational package at www.grants.gov, by searching for HHS/ACL/NIDILRR: Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase I, Funding NumberHHS-2016-ACL-NIDILRR-BI-0142.